Mogherini says European Union to stand by Iran nuclear accord

President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday there was no chance of Iran renegotiating the nuclear deal with world powers if US President-elect Donald Trump demands it.

Iran's president said going back on the deal was impossible as it was not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the United States, but a multilateral one, also signed by Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation.

He added that he believed Trump's critical views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would not have much impact because it was not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the U.S., but rather a multilateral one between several parties. Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the historic deal over Iran's nuclear program and its implementation belied claims about the country seeking weapons of mass destruction and demonstrated the honesty and sincerity of the Islamic Republic.

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran after protesters stormed the kingdom's embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad on January 2, 2016 in response to Riyadh's execution of a prominent Saudi Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

During his campaign, the incoming US president described the nuclear agreement as "the worst deal ever negotiated" by Washington.

There is no reason for hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia, while cooperation between them can bring stability to the region and the world, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said.

Describing the JCPOA as "a great national achievement", Rouhani said, "The closure of this dossier amounted to a moral victory for the great Iranian nation".

"We have told the world that Iranophobia was wrong, that Iran mustn't be feared, that Iran seeks peace for the region and that Iran doesn't deserve to be seen as a threat to global peace and security", Rouhani said.

"The nuclear deal is finished, it has been approved by the UN Security Council and has become an worldwide document".

There has been concern that the incoming administration of Trump, a former businessman and a self-admitted non-politician, may breach the JCPOA or stop implementing Washington's commitments under it altogether. He has threatened to either scrap the accord or seek a better deal.

Trump's pick for USA secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, recently called for a "full review" of the nuclear accord. "I consider it unlikely that anything will happen in practice".

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